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To the Editor: It takes an individual with a brilliant mind to be an effective U.S. senator. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is on the Senate Judiciary committee, which is charged with the interrogation of a United States Supreme Court nominee to determine whether or not that nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, is qualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice. A Supreme Court justice, a position that is held until the Justice voluntarily resigns or until their death, has the very profound responsibility of interpreting the Constitution of the United States of America.
To the Editor: I am very disappointed and upset with Washington and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. I have requested five times since January via e-mail/letter to our U.S. senator how will we pay for the entire stimulus, TARP and bailouts she voted for. Each response I receive avoids the question entirely. Apparently Klobuchar's Web site, which outlines ethics, transparency and fiscal responsibility, is not adhered to - which is similar to other elected officials we have in Congress from both parties. It is time to think seriously about replacing many of our politicians.
To the Editor: Troubles of the world -- high unemployment, lagging economy, unaffordable health care, non-accommodating weather, social injustices , war -- all weigh heavily on the shoulders of humanity. If you find yourself in need of some perspective, possibly inspirational patience -- good fortune is available at the Sheldon, once again. The Phoenix Theatre's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" this weekend may serve as an emotional entreatment to the things that ultimately matter most, in good times or bad -- faith, family and survival.
To the Editor: Are you aware that wooden barns are fast becoming a relic of our urbanizing countryside? They are being replaced by steel pole sheds too speedily. Round barns -- once there were quite a few in Pierce County -- have all but vanished. Those wooden barns desperately need to be photographed, no matter what their condition is. That is why the Pierce County Historical Association is planning to sponsor a photo contest. By taking pictures of the barns in your particular area of Pierce County, you can help to preserve farm history.
To the Editor: I hope people wanting to see the Cannon Bottom bridges enjoy the walk through the old road. It is a long walk to see the best two bridges from the south side. A shorter trip would be going north on Highway 61, crossing the Cannon River, then taking a right turn onto Collischan Road. The north, concrete, bridge is just off Collischan, on the right side. Thank you for your coverage of my letter. Harold Poylio Red Wing
To the Editor: The American Cancer Society congratulates Rep. John Kline on his new role as a leader of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. The Society looks forward to working with him on critically important health care reform issues. No one should have to choose between their life savings and saving their life, yet many cancer patients face this very dilemma.
To the Editor: The past several years have seen an evolution at the United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties. Listening to donors, volunteers and residents, folks told us what they wanted to see us working toward. The data was clear too. People are concerned about education, financial stability, health and making sure that we provide basic safety net services. The work United Way continues to do will focus on these building blocks of a good life. United Way is also focused on developing strong partnerships with programs and agencies in the community.
To the Editor: Each month, volunteer pilots from Angel Flight Central fly patients needing specialized medical care to hospitals throughout Minnesota. Many patients are from rural areas and would otherwise be hard-pressed to receive care they need. These flights are part of general aviation, which includes all flying except the scheduled airlines and the military. Right now GA is being imperiled by misguided plans in Washington, D.C. If these proposals are enacted, the outlook could be grim for patients who use Angel Flight Central. Among the proposals are new costs and regulations.
To the Editor: "Peace be with you" are some of the oldest words in the English language. Certainly, they are some of the oldest words in any language because without peace, there is only violence and discord: no progress, and no future. So, as the annual retreat for peace called "Pigstock" approaches, it may be time to re-evaluate the peace dividend and reconsider the true costs of militarism. As the world nears the limits of resource consumption, where are all of our precious resources going? If the answer is to the cost of war, then they are going up in smoke.
To the Editor: Two wonderful families have made Pretty Red Wing even prettier in many ways -- big and small, seen and unseen. Thank you, Jones and Sweasy families for your loving care of our fair city. Pat Olson Red Wing